When seniors suffer from an injury or are recovering from a surgery, physical therapy is often an essential part of the recovery process. Working with a therapist allows them to do exercises that target the affected areas, thus building strength and range of motion while reducing pain. Seniors can receive therapy at a clinic, or they can choose mobile physical therapy from a reputable home health care agency. With the mobile option, the therapist comes to their home or office to perform the required sessions.
The Advantages of Mobile Physical Therapy: For seniors, there are several potential benefits to in-home physical therapy. These include:
Convenience: Going to the clinic can be a major headache, especially if you have trouble moving around and/or need to call others for a ride. With mobile physical therapy, there is no need to worry about any of that. The therapist comes directly to your home, and all you have to do is be ready for your appointment.
Individualized Care: At a clinic, therapists usually work with multiple patients at the same time. When you receive therapy at home, the therapist is free from the distractions of a typical clinic environment. This gives them more time to devote one-on-one with the patient, which allows them to deliver superior quality of care.
Comfortable Environment: Doctor’s offices and clinics tend to be noisy and crowded. For some patients, this adds more anxiety, which can inhibit the progress of the recovery. With in-home physical therapy, you work with a therapist in an environment that is most comfortable. This not only eliminates unnecessary stress, it also allows the therapist to get a close-up look at your home and suggest any changes that might increase your chances of a successful recovery.
Potentially Faster Recovery: For physical therapy to be most effective, it is important that no appointments are missed. This is because during each appointment, the therapist evaluates your progress and makes adjustments to your exercises to keep you on course. Mobile physical therapy appointments are much easier to keep, and this puts you in a better position to get the most out of your treatment plan.
There are a couple potential drawbacks to mobile physical therapy that should be taken into consideration:
Limited Access to Equipment: Many outpatient centers and clinics have several types of exercise equipment for patients to use. This equipment is difficult to transport, and cannot be brought to the home of the patient. Most therapists have mobile-friendly versions of this equipment that they bring to the home. Mobile machines may not provide exactly the same experience as their larger counterparts, but they can still provide in-home therapy patients with several of the same benefits.
Insurance Issues: Medicare and some supplemental insurance providers have been slow to adapt to various forms of alternative healthcare. As the popularity of mobile physical therapy grows, however, this situation is gradually changing and a growing number of insurers are starting to provide coverage for this option.